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Uros Floating Islands (Islas Uros)
Uros Floating Islands (Islas Uros)

Uros Floating Islands (Islas Uros)

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The 40-plus floating Uros Islands are perhaps the most photographed attraction on Lake Titicaca, famously constructed with springy totora reeds. The reeds are collected from around the shores of Lake Titicaca, and used to replenish the fragile islands every three months or so, as the bottom of the two-meter (6.5ft) totora mat slowly rots back into the lake. Thus, the islands change shape, size and even number as the centuries pass, anchored to the lake bottom but in many ways a completely separate world.

The Uros people are an ancient race, predating the Incas by millennia and, according to local legend, even the sun and stars. The “People of the Lake,” as they call themselves, once said that they did not feel the cold, thanks to their “black blood.” (The last full-blooded Uros woman died in 1959, after centuries of intermarriage with Aymaras and other races, so that claim is subject to some conjecture.)

Heavily taxed by the Incas and enslaved in the silver mines by the Spanish, the Uros have managed, through ingenuity and isolation, to outlast their tormentors with their unique culture largely in place. The key to their survival is the reeds, whose starchy tubers are consumed for food, flowers brewed to make tea, and stalks used for medicine, handicrafts, and the construction of gondolas, homes, schools, churches and just about everything else on the islands.

The islands change in size and number over the centuries and will quickly thin if not meticulously maintained. Tourism on the handful accessible to tourists is relatively open and you can arrange trips with several Puno travel agencies or even come on your own, in public boats that leave regularly from the Puno pier. The 5km (3mi) trip takes about thirty minutes.

The islands are part of Titicaca National Reserve which protects 37,000 hectares (143 square miles) of reed bed, including some 60 species of bird and 14 of fish, many collected by the Uros for meat, eggs, and as work animals, such as cormorants used to fish. You’ll also see plenty of domesticated cats, to keep mice from devouring the delicate islands.

While many of the Uros traditions have been maintained, the islands are by no means frozen in time. For example, they no longer speak their original language, having switched to Aymara after centuries of trade and intermarriage, and have more recently embraced technology, such as electrical generators, modern motors on reed boats and so forth.

Tourism has brought money and opportunity to the islands, which cuts into time once spent doing traditional activities, such as the all-important collection of totora. They are savvy enough to know their time’s worth, so expect to be charged for photos and/or offered handicrafts with a cheerfully hard sell.

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Uros and Taquile Islands on Fast Boat

Uros and Taquile Islands on Fast Boat

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Discover the rural tranquility of the Uros and Taquile Islands on an enriching full-day excursion from Puno. Cruise the shimmering waters of Lake Titicaca, the worlds highest lake, and spend some leisurely free time exploring the beautiful islands. Marvel at the majestic floating islands, made entirely of reeds, as you wander and watch locals go about their daily business. Learn about the rich culture and history of the region from your expert guide and feast upon a complimentary lunch when hunger strikes.
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  • 1 day
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US$65.00
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Full Day Tour Uros and Taquile Islands

Full Day Tour Uros and Taquile Islands

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Take a motorboat across Lake Titicaca to the floating reed island of Uros and learn about one of the first ethnic groups of the Andes and admire the craftsmanship of the large reed boats made by the men of the island. Visit Taquile Island to get a closer look at the handicrafts made in this region and have lunch at a local restaurant—not included—before heading back to Puno.
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  • 9 hours
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US$35.00
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Full-Day Tour of Uros, Taquile and Sillustani from Puno

Full-Day Tour of Uros, Taquile and Sillustani from Puno

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The floating islands of Uros and Taquile are a must-see attraction while on Lake Titicaca. Learn about traditional life on the floating islands with this tour from Puno, which takes you directly to the islands for free time to explore. Then, jet off to the pre-Incan ruins at  Sillustani for a guided tour before returning to Puno.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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US$99.00
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Uros Amantani Taquile Full Day tour

Uros Amantani Taquile Full Day tour

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Explore the unique floating islands and UNESCO-listed landscapes of Lake Titicaca on this full-day tour from Puno. Admire the Inca ruins of Amantani Island, tuck into a traditional Peruvian lunch on Taquile Island, and learn about island culture and traditions on the floating islands of Uros. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 12 hours
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US$229.00
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Lake Titicaca (Half Day) - Uros Island

Lake Titicaca (Half Day) - Uros Island

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Seize the opportunity to visit the incredible and unique Uros Islands, which sit floating on magnificent Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. On this guided tour, learn how these man-made islands are constructed and maintained, as well as how the local people live sustainably, using the resources available to them. Take a trip away from the bustling city, and discover these little-known, distant communities.
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  • 3 hours
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Lake Titicaca (Day Trip) Uros&Taquile

Lake Titicaca (Day Trip) Uros&Taquile

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The shimmering blue waters of Lake Titicaca is home to the famous, man-made Floating Islands of Uros. These islands and their dwellings, which date back to pre-Incan time, are made completely out of totora reeds, a native bulrush plant that grows in the lake. With a guided tour, get to know the inhabitants that have formed a small community and learn how these islands stay afloat. During the afternoon, visit the island of Taquile and experience the unique culture of the locals.
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  • 9 hours
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US$46.16
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Floating Island of the Uros

Floating Island of the Uros

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You will be able to know the animals and plants that we have in the Uros. Then you will have the chance to enjoy a great ride on a totora raft that will take you to another floating island!
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  • 3 hours
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US$21.54
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8-Day Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca Tour from Lima

8-Day Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca Tour from Lima

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Experience two of Peru’s most iconic sights, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca, plus much more during this 8-day, 7-night trip through the country's biggest highlights. Explore the wealth of Inca history around Cusco, including the iconic UNESCO World Heritage site of Machu Picchu and the many ancient Inca ruins throughout the Sacred Valley. Then continue on to Lake Titicaca by first-class bus, exploring the unique Uros Floating Islands built from totora reeds and the beautiful scenery of Taquile Island. Your Peru adventure covers a guide, 7 nights of accommodations, meals as per the itinerary, bus and train transfers and all site entrance fees.
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  • 8 days
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US$1,665.39
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Tour Uros, Amantani, and Taquile Islands in 2 Days with Homestay in Amantani

Tour Uros, Amantani, and Taquile Islands in 2 Days with Homestay in Amantani

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Experience the local culture of the Lake Titicaca islands on a 2-day tour that includes a homestay on Amantani Island. Sleeping in a family home means a personal connection that you can’t get on a day trip—plus the unforgettable chance to watch the sunset and stargaze in the middle of the high-altitude lake—and you’ll explore Amantani, Uros, and Taquile Islands before cruising back to Puno.
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  • 2 days
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US$75.00
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Uros Kayaking and Taquile Island Day Tour

Uros Kayaking and Taquile Island Day Tour

Explore the world's highest navigable lake on a kayaking tour from Puno. Paddle the waters of Lake Titicaca—the mountain lake that acts as a natural border between Peru and Bolivia—toward the floating Uros islands: a series of man-made islands constructed from native totora reeds. Explore a Uros and learn about its residents from your guide, then set out via boat to Taquile Island, a hotbed of textile art. Embark on a leisurely island hike with some time spent in Taquile's town square for lunch, shopping and weaving demos.
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  • 9 hours
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US$146.00
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Kayaking to the Uros + Isla De Taquile Veloz

Kayaking to the Uros + Isla De Taquile Veloz

An adventure program that will allow you to reach the Floating Islands of the Uros, adventure in Kayak for an hour and arrive at this wonderful and peculiar place that will allow you to do friendly practices with the environment, you will get to know closely the reproduction of the reeds, fish, birds a set of flora and fauna and. Speed boat to Taquile Island
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  • 10 hours
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US$112.83
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10-day Tour from Lima: Amazon Jungle, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca

10-day Tour from Lima: Amazon Jungle, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca

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See Peru's most spectacular natural and archaeological wonders on an exciting 10-day tour. Explore the country's cosmopolitan capital, Lima, before setting out for the Amazon Jungle, where you'll bed down in thatched-roof bungalows and enjoy days embarking on jungle treks and seeking out native howler monkeys and sloths. Next up is Cusco―once capital of the Inca Empire and entryway to both the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, each of which you'll have ample time to experience. Then its off to Lake Titicaca and a visit to its manmade Uro islands.
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US$2,093.34
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Lake Titicaca Full Day Experience

Lake Titicaca Full Day Experience

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Wondering what to do in Cusco? Discover and truly experience Lake Titicaca with a Full Day Tour of the lake visiting the famous "floating islands" and the isolated mainland island community of Taquile. This activity is good for solo travelers, couple, families and big groups.
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  • 1 day 10 hours
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US$86.00
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Lake Titicaca (2 Days)

Lake Titicaca (2 Days)

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One of the world’s highest expanses of water, Lake Titicaca straddles the border between Peru and Bolivia—with a history of habitation by the indigenous Uros people dating back to pre-Columbian days. On this 2-day tour, reach the islands of Lake Titicaca and spend the night in a local family's homestay. Travel by boat between Amantani and Taquile islands, and enjoy an immersive experience of life on the water.
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  • 2 days
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US$70.77
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Tour Uros and Taquile - normal boat

Tour Uros and Taquile - normal boat

In this Tour you will enjoy the natural beauty of the highest navigable Lake in the world, and you will be able to know some of the curiosities of culture on the Island of Taquile
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  • 10 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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Kayaking Lake Titicaca

Kayaking Lake Titicaca

Kayaking Uros in Titicaca is the best way to get to know the floating Island of Uros. Enjoy paddling around the natural reservation of the Titikaka as well. Join this tour and be part of the experience of kayaking on the highest navigable lake in the world, an unforgettable experience
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$81.00
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Tour Uros and Taquile in Speedboat (full day)

Tour Uros and Taquile in Speedboat (full day)

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It is differentiated by the speed of the boat, so that we will save more time in navigation and will have much more time to enjoy the Islands, sharing experiences with the locals, and also take an optional ride in local transport.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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US$51.18
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Tour to the Remote Part of Uros and Taquile

Tour to the Remote Part of Uros and Taquile

Leave the bustling city behind on this small-group speedboat tour on Lake Titicaca, stopping on the islands of Uros and Taquile for an intimate glimpse into Andean nature, culture, and customs. Learn about the origins and traditions of the Uros floating community as you explore with your guide, then cruise to Taquile for a relaxing afternoon on its white sand beach. Avoid hidden costs with lunch and round-trip hotel transfer included in the price.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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US$99.00
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10-Day Private Journey Around Peru and Bolivia Following the Inca Paths

10-Day Private Journey Around Peru and Bolivia Following the Inca Paths

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With soaring mountain peaks, shimmering lakes, UNESCO–listed treasures, and thousands of years of Incan history, Peru and Bolivia are a traveller’s dream destinations. On this comprehensive 10-day tour, explore both nations with your private guide and hit highlights including Lake Titicaca and Machu Picchu with ease. With hotel accommodation, breakfasts, entry fees, and all travel covered, you’re free to relax and see the best of South America.
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  • 10 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$5,884.62
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Kayaking to the Uros Floating Islands

Kayaking to the Uros Floating Islands

On this tour you will kayak around Lake Titicaca for about 1 h; We will take you to the port and then you will have to reach the island of the Uros passing through the Titicaca national reserve; This is a different way of seeing the lake in Puno and visiting the island of the Uros. In addition, you can join another group to visit Taquile (full day) or Amantani (2d1n); For this, see our related optional products Key notes: • Small group size • Transfers from the hotel from the center to the port and vice versa • Ideal for all • Instructor guide • Physical condition is not required • Kayaks are professional, safe and very stable: "Sea Kayaks". • We will have additional support: boat and staff. • Estimated to paddle is 1 hour from Puno to the island of the Uros. • We will have a kayak instructor. • No previous experience required.
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  • 3 hours
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US$66.67
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Half-Day Boating Tour to Uros from Puno

Half-Day Boating Tour to Uros from Puno

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The floating islands of Uros are a must-see attraction at Lake Titicaca. Learn about traditional life on the floating islands with this tour from Puno, which takes you directly to the islands for free time to explore. Take photos, visit with local families, and walk around the incredible islands before returning to your Puno hotel.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$46.50
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Uros Amantani and Taquile Island 2 Day Tour from Puno

Uros Amantani and Taquile Island 2 Day Tour from Puno

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Located on majestic Lake Titicaca, the floating reed islands of Amantani, Taquile, and Uros boast a history dating back to pre-Inca days. On this adventurous 2-day tour, spend time on these remote islands and enjoy Amantani hospitality during an overnight home stay. Gain insight into local customs, folklore, and traditions—with meals plus round-trip travel from your Puno hotel included.
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  • 2 days
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US$116.00
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Full day Uros Taquile speed boat :PREMIUM SERVICE

Full day Uros Taquile speed boat :PREMIUM SERVICE

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Al tomar el tour en la lancha rápida los pasajeros tienen mas tiempo en las islas,así pueden disfrutar mas de los lugares a visitar,tambien al volver puedes visitar otros lugares como chucuito o Sillustani o si tuvieran un vuelo,la lancha rapida es mas confortable y moderna
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  • 8 hours
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13-Day Tour from Lima:Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, Colca Canyon and Nazca Lines

13-Day Tour from Lima:Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, Colca Canyon and Nazca Lines

Explore the top highlights in Peru during this 13-day, 12-night trip covering Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, the Nazca Lines, Colca Canyon and much more. Discover the history of the Incas during time in Cusco and the surrounding Sacred Valley. You’ll also spend an unforgettable day exploring the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Machu Picchu before heading to Lake Titicaca to discover the lake’s unique floating islands and searching for Andean Condors above the Colca Canyon. Finish your trip with a flight above the mysterious Nazca Lines. This Peru highlights trip also covers a guide, 12 nights of accommodations, meals as per the itinerary, bus, boat and train transfers and all entrance fees.
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Uros Floating Islands (Islas Uros) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 95 Uros Floating Islands (Islas Uros) tickets and tours on Viator.

Currently, an entrance ticket to Uros Floating Islands (Islas Uros) costs USD 19.00. Guided Uros Floating Islands (Islas Uros) tours start around USD 19.00 per person. See all 95 Uros Floating Islands (Islas Uros) tickets and tours on Viator.